Priest Creek – Steamboat, CO

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Lift line view.
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This Yan lift has Heron-Poma chairs.
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View up the line from the base terminal.
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The top station has a vault drive.
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Looking down from the summit.
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This lift is only used on weekends and holidays as relief for Sundown Express.
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Lower part of the lift line.
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Bottom station from above.

31 thoughts on “Priest Creek – Steamboat, CO

  1. Donald Reif May 26, 2019 / 2:17 pm

    A Yan return station and Yan towers, but Heron Poma chairs and a Heron Poma vault drive.

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    • pbropetech December 11, 2019 / 12:05 pm

      Only one Yan tower. The rest are a different model of Heron, the last before they went bankrupt as far as I know. Steamboat had a few different lifts of different manufacturers that they had replaced the original bottom terminals with Yan for some reason.

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      • Donald Reif December 11, 2019 / 1:23 pm

        Christie II was the same story, I think. It was entirely Heron-Poma except for its bottom terminal, which was a Yan. In that case, I think Yan replaced the Christie II loading area when they built Christie III, as the Christie II and III loading terminals shared a center mast.

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      • Max Hart December 16, 2019 / 3:37 pm

        The Snowdon Triple at Killington (1973) has similar Heron-Poma towers and crossarms. Not the style seen on the old North Ridge Triple, but a reinforced variant of the crossarm seen on this lift.

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        • Donald Reif January 14, 2020 / 9:36 am

          Now I see the similarity.

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  2. powderforever45 November 17, 2019 / 12:21 pm

    I have been going to steamboat for 9 years and I have almost never seen this lift run.

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    • Teddy's Lift World January 14, 2020 / 1:28 pm

      On what occasions did it run? Wind hold? Maintenance issues? Skier traffic?

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      • Mike B February 10, 2020 / 3:16 pm

        It’s run during Christmas holiday season last couple times I visited. I even took it a few times b/c it was ski-on while the line for Sundown Express spilled out of the corral.

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  3. Larry Schroeder February 10, 2020 / 2:24 pm

    I remember when the loading area for Priest Creek was lower near the original Elkhead lift. Both with Heron-Poma equipment. Priest Creek got the Yan bottom terminal when Yan put in the F/G Sundown triple lift.

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    • Donald Reif February 10, 2020 / 3:22 pm

      And Elkhead’s fixed grip quad went in just a year after the Sundown triple went in.

      That at least explains why the lift has a Yan return station while everything else is Heron-Poma. I wonder how many towers had to be removed during the modification.

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  4. Collin Parsons March 11, 2020 / 9:49 pm

    When I went to Steamboat for Christmas 2015, this lift ran all the days I was there. It was very crowded with Sundown having a 15-20 minute line at times.

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  5. sullivanq March 12, 2020 / 6:00 am

    haha try going to wachussett mountain on a bluebird. 30 minute lift line, minimum. They could really use some more terrain, but the treehuggers won’t let em.

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    • Billuh August 21, 2021 / 9:11 pm

      Because privileged white people recreation is the most important consideration. Got it.

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  6. Miles Gately February 27, 2021 / 6:33 am

    This lift has been closed for over 5 years and it finally opened on 2-27-21!

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    • Ryan February 28, 2021 / 1:55 pm

      She’s turning today too.

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  7. Miles Gately March 12, 2021 / 8:30 pm

    I really want this lift to start running again, it is the only lift i have not been on!
    And I am only 9 years old!

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    • Myles Svec March 12, 2021 / 8:46 pm

      This lift will only run on busy days so I am guessing you will be able to ride it soon with Steamboat getting progressively more busy every year.

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  8. Miles Gately March 12, 2021 / 8:45 pm

    It says on there app that it is the longest lift to get up on, it takes 9.8 minuets to get up priest creek. How slow does this lift run?

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    • Myles Svec March 12, 2021 / 8:50 pm

      It runs 500 feet a minute. Quite fast for a fixed grip if I am correct.

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    • Utah Powder Skier March 12, 2021 / 9:03 pm

      500 fpm is the max a lift can run without a loading carpet.

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      • Myles Svec March 12, 2021 / 10:07 pm

        What is the max with a loading carpet?

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        • chasehausman March 13, 2021 / 1:34 am

          Depends on the number of passengers. Max speed is also dependent on the difference in speed between the carrier and the passengers during loading and unloading. As of ANSI B77.1-2017, with a loading carpet you can load a double at 550fpm (2.8m/s), unload at 600fpm (3m/s), load a triple at 500fpm (2.5m/s), unload at 575fpm (2.9m/s). A quad or more can only load at 450fpm (2.3m/s) and unload at 525fpm (2.7m/s). Again, all relative to the speed of the conveyor. The conveyor itself can only go up to 200fpm (1m/s).

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  9. Miles Gately March 13, 2021 / 8:51 pm

    I wonder if this will open any time soon?

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  10. Mark Hackett June 9, 2021 / 9:38 pm

    Are they going to sell the chairs when they take it out for the new improvements going in?

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    • Myles Svec June 10, 2021 / 7:02 am

      Not sure, I would buy a chair if they are selling though.

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    • Myles Svec August 20, 2021 / 2:12 pm

      They are selling the chairs on the 24th to the 27th

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  11. Carson August 23, 2021 / 10:54 pm

    R.I.P.

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  12. Ryan August 24, 2021 / 8:04 am

    Whelp.. I just placed a bid for one of the chairs. We’ll see…

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  13. Mr.Co.Ski September 1, 2021 / 1:51 pm

    Any idea what the minimum winning bid was? Saw 600+ bids over three days for 125 chairs, but haven’t heard any intel on what it took to actually get one.

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    • Ryan September 1, 2021 / 9:32 pm

      I put a bid in for $1000 and have not been contacted yet.

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      • Nahms September 21, 2021 / 10:20 am

        $1k! Dang!

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